Press office contacts

KCC Media Hub – maintained by Kent County Council press office

Our press office responds to media enquiries from journalists about KCC services and policies.

We can arrange TV, press and radio interviews with Cabinet, Lead Members and senior officers.

The duty press officer outside of office hours is Thom Morris on 07738 860726.

Press contact Specialist areas Telephone Email
Lucy Mayor (Press Office Manager) Includes: corporate issues, democratic services and finance issues as well as policy, performance and improvement, information services and economic development. 03000 416421
07850 907407
Ella Watkins Includes:education, early years, schools, planning and access, quality and standards, post-16 education and apprenticeships. 03000 416282
07738 755491
Kiran Dhaliwal

Includes: social services for children, such as unaccompanied asylum seeking children, fostering, adoption and safeguarding issues as well as social care for adults, older people and promoting independence. 03000 410776 or         07789 750619


Murray Evans Includes: libraries, Trading Standards, community safety, film office, public rights of way, adult education, sports and culture, youth services, country parks, Gateways. Also includes: policy, performance and improvement, information services and economic development. 03000 416071
07834 051150
Gemma Smith Includes: Public Health 03000 416699
07912 451940
Thom Morris Includes: highways and waste functions, the planning and environment teams, and the delivery of new major transport schemes. 03000 416907
07738 860726


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KCC urges improvements to rail services in government consultation

KCC has urged the government to provide more carriages on trains during peak periods, address overcrowding and improve connectivity in its response to a consultation on rail services in Kent. The Department for Transport is consulting on rail services in the county ahead of a new franchise to run services…

Two level crossings will be closed in Canterbury on Sunday, June 4.

Two level crossings – at St Dunstan’s Street and at St Stephen’s Road in Canterbury  will be closed on Sunday, June 4. Kent County Council has given permission to Network Rail to close the crossings throughout the day to carry out work. While permission would not usually be given for…

KCC launches website advice on tackling cyber crime

Kent County Council has launched a special website to help the county’s businesses tackle the threat of cyber crime, following the recent cyber-attacks on the NHS and big businesses across the world. Companies and large organisations are prime targets for this type of activity, and the Federation of Small Businesses…

Answering just three questions could help Kent County Council find a further £206m of saving over the next three years.

Kent County Council’s new cabinet line-up announced

Kent County Council has announced its new cabinet following last week’s elections. It comes as the Conservatives retained control of the authority and increased their majority. The group won 67 of the 81 seats with the Liberal Democrats emerging as the official opposition with seven seats. UKIP lost all of…

Encouraging Kent to become dementia friendly

During Dementia Awareness week, which runs from May 14 until May 20 2017, Kent County Council is urging the public to be more aware of the words they use when talking about those living with dementia and to become more dementia friendly. In Kent, approximately 20,800 people aged over 65…

KCC responds to South Eastern rail franchise consultation

Kent County Council has urged the government to “commit” to train services to smaller stations between Ashford and Tonbridge. It comes as KCC responds to the Department for Transport’s (DfT) consultation on changes to the rail network. One of the options being explored by the DfT is reducing services to…

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Kent County Council’s ninth annual rail summit

Kent County Council’s ninth annual rail summit takes place this evening. The event will be streamed live, below. Agenda: 18:00  Welcome and introductions by Chairman 18:05  David Statham, Southeastern 18:15  Guy Schofield & Sarah Deakin, Kent Community Rail Partnership 18:25  Stephen Gasche, Kent County Council 18:35  Questions to the panel members…

Four men arrested in countywide ‘rogue trader’ operation

Four men suspected of targeting a number of vulnerable and elderly residents by dishonestly pretending to be legitimate tradespeople were arrested during a day of enforcement action in Kent. Kent Police and KCC Trading Standards participated in a nationwide operation on Wednesday (10 May) which included Medway Trading Standards teams,…

Views sought on new shared pedestrian/cycle route to Tonbridge Station

Views are being sought on a new shared pedestrian and cycle route to Tonbridge Station. The route will link into Highways England’s “non-motorised user” route being constructed next to the A21 dualling scheme. Kent County Council is currently running a public consultation into the scheme until Friday, May 26. The…

Maidstone Cyclefest 2017

Put your foot to the pedal and get down to the Maidstone CycleFest this weekend. Kent County Council is once again supporting the event with information about its cycle training programmes. Staff will also be on hand with an exhibition and information on the new cycle route along the Medway…